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1905 Stanley County Jail

1905 Stanley County Jail. Fort Pierre, South Dakota

  • After Fort Pierre won the county seat, in 1890, the county rented office space and then built a small building/hall.
  • In 1907, they decided to build a new brick courthouse (concrete walls are 8” thick) on the corner of First Street and Main Avenue. This was where they had built the Old Jail in 1905 for $400, in its present location.
  • Sheriffs utilizing the Jail:  Andrew Feeney 1903-1907 and George S. Huston 1907-1911.
  • In 1911, C. E. Coyne was elected Sheriff and he offered Frank Norman the job as Deputy Sheriff.
  • At that time, the Deputy Sheriff was called a Jailer (paid $55 a month). Frank moved his family into the basement of the courthouse, which was previously the location of the County Agent’s office. Frank’s wife, Jessie provided the meals (she received $.25/meal) for the prisoners. In those days, it was necessary to have someone live near to keep watch over the prisoners. (Source:  Prairie Progress in West Central SD and A Bridge Apart)
  • The Jail held a number of rowdy & law-breaking robbers/outlaws like “Notorious horse thief Buff George!”   Rumor has it there may have been murderers housed here too!  Many folks say, “If only those walls could talk, we would get a great History lesson!”
  • The Jail is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Pierre, which is located at its original site.
  • Nowadays, tourists, local residents, especially the small children, enjoy visiting the old Jail and snapping a picture being ‘jailed’ behind the barred door.

The 1905 Stanley County Jail is located just behind the Log Cabin Visitor Center at 04 E. Main, Ft Pierre, SD 57532 – Corner of Main Street and Hwy 83

The Verendrye Museum maintains the Fort Pierre Depot, Log Cabin Visitor Center, Sansarc Country School Museum, and the 1905 Stanley County Jail. Please visit The Verendrye Museum or email for more information.


(605) 223-7697

04 East Main Street, Fort Pierre, SD 57532

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Monday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
1905 Stanley County Jail
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